You definnitely don't want the hair-of-the-dog that
bit you in "Dog Soldiers". Or maybe you will want some.
It certainly won't hurt any more than the "dog's" that bite
you in this fhorror flick. Neil Marshall's "Dog Soldiers"
takes a standard situation and turns it inside out. Six
soldiers commanded by Sgt. Harry Wells (Sean Pertwee "Event
Horizon")go out into the Scottish wilderness on an exercise.
They arrive to discover a single survivor from a special
ops team (Liam Cunnigham)who has had his forces deceimated.
"There was supposed to be only one!" is all he will say
initially. Cooper (Kevin McKidd "Rome", "Kingdom of Heaven")must
lead his group when Wells is injured. They must run for
their lives and find some place they can hole up. ***
It turns out that the soldiers are being hunted by
a pack of werewolves. ***
A clever, intense thriller "Dog Soldiers" makes references
to classic films such as "Night of the Living Dead", "Evil
Dead" and other horror films. It's well made and intense
with great performances from a largely unknown (to America)
cast. I saw part of this on Sci-Fi but didn't know what
it was called or what it was about. Luckily I rediscovered
it on DVD and caught it the second time around from beginning
to end. By the end of the film you may be baying at the
moon like the creatures in this clever horror flick.Unlike
"An American Werewolf in London" or "The Howling" (two superior
horror films from the last thirty years the former is filled
with off-beat humor the latter is droll), "Dog Soldiers"
eschews humor in favor of non-stop action and horror. ---
Image & Sound:
The Blu-ray looks quite good but it isn't a huge step
up from the DVD so if you already have this, you may want
to think about buying something else on Blu-ray. Although
the transfer here is better than the previous release you
sacrifice all the special features. The new Blu-ray looks
quite good but the film always has looked a little rough.
The new high def transfer tends to show the limitations
of the digital video the film was shot on.